parrots are noisy

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noisy parrots at a clay lick in Peru, wide shot

We met about 5 am and went straight to the boat.  We were going to Collpita - the parrot clay lick.  Parrots need the minerals in the clay to help with their digestion and we needed to get there before the birds did.  We arrived on shore and climbed up the slippery trail to the blind.  We could hear the parrots squeaking in the background and also the huge, deep rumbling of the howler monkey.  They roared for about 30 minutes.  When they were finished, it was oddly quiet despite the gathering of parrots in the trees. 

 

Normally they see about 30 birds but they clay was too wet yesterday so we saw close to 100 birds!  Our guide said that many parrots had indigestion today J It was so noisy there.

clay lick
  The two main species we saw were the Mealy Parrot (larger, dusty colored) and the smaller, dark green Dusky Headed Parakeet (but still pretty big birds).  The parakeets seemed to prefer the side wall while the parrots preferred a deeper niche on the back wall.  The parrots gather in large groups so they can watch out for predatory birds while they were on the exposed clay wall.  It was fun to watch the birds flying around and hopping between tree branches and the wall or fight for position on the wall.  I tried taking some photos and videos through some binoculars and they actually sort of turned out.  It’s a little tricky lining up the camera and the binoculars and keeping them pointed in the right direction and in focus, so many of those closer up pics are blurry.  I just posted some videos of the clay lick.  The wide shot video is hard to see the birds but you can hear how noisy it is.  The other two were close ups taken of the parrots and parakeets through the binoculars.
Mealy parrots at clay lick in Peru - noisy!
  Enjoy!

 

We went back for a little breakfast and then across the river to a local farm.  We met the little girl who lives there, Ashley.  She chattered away and we felt bad that none of us could understand enough Spanish to talk to a 4 year old.  A duck was tied up in the front yard with lots of other ducks and chickens and baby birds roaming around the yard.  Ashley said they were going to kill the duck and eat it for dinner.  I really hoped that wasn’t going to be dinner for us.  We walked around and looked at the crops.  They plant corn and rice together because of a bug that attacks rice but not corn.  Apparently the bug sees corn and not the rice so it doesn’t infest the rice.  We saw plantains, pineapples, yucca, avocado trees, coffee, cocoa, starfruit, papaya and some other things.

Mealy Parrots
 

 

We walked out to another really large tree.  This one had a big vine hanging down so we climbed it by walking up the tree.  Alan told us this tree brings luck if you walk around it three times.  “Do you have a boyfriend?  Then you will get married.  No?  Then you will get a boyfriend.  Or get money.”  So we all walked around the tree three times not sure if we would be getting married, getting a boyfriend or getting money. 

 

We walked back to the farm.  It had gotten really hot and sunny there (finally the sun came out!).

Dusky headed parakeets at clay lick in Peruvian rainforest - noisy!
  We went into the house, which was pretty open, and found that it was nice and cool in the shade with a breeze.  But we all felt a little awkward there staring at the family and their property like they were a zoo exhibit.  We were ready to leave. 

Back at the boat landing we saw a ton of butterflies eating the saltiness off the rocks and clay.  After lunch we took another walk through the jungle.  My mind was a thousand miles away.  As I climbed over a fallen tree my right leg got snagged on a thorny vine.  I never did see the vine but I pulled the prickers out of my pants.  I looked down and saw reddish-purple blots.  “Am I bleeding or was that from the plant?” I wondered out loud.  Alan looked at me and said “that’s your blood”.  Yikes, crazy, really?  I turned the other way and dropped my pants.

scarlet macaws
  Sure enough, I had a nice row of bloody holes running down my thigh.  My jungle wound, my red badge of courage.  It’s amazing it didn’t get infected. 

 

It was really hot and sticky so I showered between hikes, plus I wanted to wash out my wound.  We took another night hike and didn’t see anything except some leaf cutter ants.  We could follow their trail all the way up a tall tree until our flashlights didn’t shine high enough.  They climb to the tops of trees to cut the freshest leaves.  Such hard working ants.  After the hike we drank a beer with the tarantula before dinner.  It had cleared up again and it was amazing how bright the stars were and how many of them we could see but I couldn’t identify any of the constellations.  Tomorrow we leave.  

vances says:
I think you misunderstood Alan...when somebody walks around the tree three times it only means that he gets money!
Posted on: Dec 06, 2008
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Mealy Parrots
Mealy Parrots
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scarlet macaws
scarlet macaws
Parakeets on clay lick
Parakeets on clay lick
parakeets and parrots on clay lick
parakeets and parrots on clay lick
Mealy parrots (through binoculars)
Mealy parrots (through binoculars)
parrots in trees
parrots in trees
walking stick cruising by
walking stick cruising by
boat ride
boat ride
Ashley
Ashley
Polly the pet parrot
Polly the pet parrot
farm house
farm house
corn and rice
corn and rice
pineapples
pineapples
heliconia
heliconia
Alan and the yucca tree
Alan and the yucca tree
plantains
plantains
Saras bird of paradise beak
Sara's bird of paradise beak
our group by the lucky tree
our group by the lucky tree
Amanda climbing the lucky tree vine
Amanda climbing the lucky tree vine
me scaling the tree
me scaling the tree
coming up from our boat
coming up from our boat
tributary
tributary
me, Sara, Alan, Steph, Amanda
me, Sara, Alan, Steph, Amanda
leaf cutter ants
leaf cutter ants
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